The Chew Chew
The Chew Chew

The Chew Chew

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thechewchew.com/
  • Phone: 7084478781x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner
    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    (Closed on Sunday with the exception of
    Mother's Day, Father's Day & Easter)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Zimmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott 708-447-8781x
  • Special Events: The Chew Chew hosts wine & beer dinners throughout the year. We also celebrate Mardi Gras with a weeklong party including a creole menu, fortune teller, magician, belly dancers, costumes & throws.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.
A word from The Chew Chew
Awarded "Best of Chicago" and a "Neighborhood Gem" by Chicago Magazine the Chew Chew is back on track after a complete renovation of their new location in Riverside. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer has re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the previous location which features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.
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The Chew Chew reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)fit for foodies (59)good for groups (36)special occasion (33)great for lunch (31)romantic (24)kid-friendly (22)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (11)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Nice Restaurant in Riverside
    Oakparkbob
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I like to eat here a couple of times a year. The food is good and relatively reasonable. Watch out for the diver scallops entrée. You only get three scallops. They look very lonely on the plate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum Yum Chew Chew
    GrandmereP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, as we can always count on outstanding food, pleasant ambience and great service! This visit was with a bunch of rowdy senior women. We had a great time and a half price bottle of wine to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business meeting
    DoctorDave
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I requested a quiet table for a business meeting for two. Chew Chew fulfilled my request in every respect. My table was for four in a quiet corner. There was ample room on the table for my 3 ring binder. The server was excellent and unobtrusive. Their menu had a variety of items that were easy enough to eat so they didn't take away from the conversation. As always with Chew Chew, the food was excellent. It just so happened that I had dinner at the Chew Chew that evening. That experience was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay.
    SGC6
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I cannot say that this was a favorite for me. My group raved about the goat cheese tart that when it made it's way to me was devoured. The rest of the food was just average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent choice!
    AFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are long-term fans of The Chew Chew but hadn't been there in a while. We were glad to be back. Two of us had the diver scallops with polenta, porcini mushroom jus, and arugula (I think there was also whiskey in the delicious sauce), while the other two had a daily special, rainbow trout with basil pesto. Both were excellent! The service was also attentive and impeccable. Best of all, our guests also became fans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably very good
    BigSamVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant in quaint Riverside. It is immaculately clean with some outdoor tables and a second level that's nice for children. The food is well-chosen and prepared. Excellent salads, oysters, mussels, salmon, burgers. and steaks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Top notch restaurant in the heart of Riverside! AMAZING Food, drinks, service/staff and Chef/Owner Scott.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    silksterVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The best pork chop I have had anywhere in the 'burbs
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Chew Chew in Riverside
    hovstran
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had been meaning to try this close by restaurant for many months, and we finally did last weekend. We had high expectations and I believe that they were exceeded. A second couple was with us. When we visit them in Rogers Park we have no trouble finding wonderful restaurants in Chicago or Evanston, but I struggle to pick a good restaurant when they visit us. We enjoyed sitting upstairs where it seemed a little quieter. Everyone enjoyed the food especially my wife who had spareribs, one of the specials that night. The wait staff was just as attentive as I would want them to be. The tab came to $165 for the four of us with an appetizer, drinks and deserts. At that price we can't be regulars, but we expect to go back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Diner222
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I frequent this place often because the food is always excellent, very inclusive wine list and drink options are plentiful and very well made. Service is top notch. Need I say more?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dishes
    Katek
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great dinner at Chew Chew. We had been here once before in its previous location and thought it was very good. This time it was even better. We were greeted immediately and shown to our table. Warm bread with a yummy herb butter arrived a few minutes later. For appetizers we had the mussels and a linguine special with homemade sausage and mushrooms. Both were really good but the mussels were outstanding and we sopped every drop of the broth with the bread. There were four of us and we all had different entres. Each of us tried the others and they were all outstanding. My favorite was the duck with risotto. The scallops also stood out. I would definitely recommend the Chew Chew if you re in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ruby
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and service. Menu offer a wide range of options - everything we had was delicious - love the fried pickles!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We needed a quiet spot for a family gathering and they put us upstairs in a quiet corner. The food was wonderful, interesting, delicious. Ambiance wonderful. Service attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A GEM
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great place to meet friend for late lunch or dinner always pleases
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julu 10th
    sheefiVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    we got a lovely corner/window table, it was fun due to the Cruise night outside. everything was lovely. food was delicious esp flatbread/brussel sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This local Gem always pleases whether it is a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch place
    GrandmereP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed meeting friends here for lunch. Service was good without being overbearing, quiet and elegant atmosphere. The shrimp tacos were outstanding, and my friends spoke highly of the spaghetti squash bolognese and the fish and chips. You won't regret a visit to the Chew Chew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best in near west suburbs
    HinsdaleJoe
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Creative menu and quality, preparation and presentation could not be better Had the lamb burger last two visits, should try something else but now hooked. Good wines at reasonable prices. Great service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JessBVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Very good food. Server was very nice and polite; could have watched drink levels a little more carefully. Martini glasses are a bit ridiculous though. Very small so the drink is spilling all over the tray and table. Not sure why they do that, but easy solution. Overall I enjoyed my experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Very Special...Our Chew Chew
    Teewinot
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The cuisine is outstanding with a delightful presentation and excellent service. The variety on the menu plus the specials make this treasure of Riverside a place to return again and again! Kudos to one of my favorite places to dine, but better yet, minutes away! Have a penchant for the Spaghetti Squash, but all the offerings I've experienced are delightful. Never any rushing, but a delightful experience of dining with a friend or friends. Can be a special occasion, or just enjoyment of friendship, excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lst time diner at The Chew Chew
    willowspringsdiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dinner experience at The Chew Chew was exactly as anticipated after reading the great reviews on YELP. Our reservation was at 5:30 & we were seated approx. 5 min after arrival. We had a cocktail at the bar while waiting. We shared the special Burrata appetizer.. fabulous! Loved that they offered this, as not many restaurants do. My husband had the soft shell crab pasta & I had the almond encrusted trout. Both great. Unfortunately the appetizer filled us up & we were unable to finish our entrees and skipped dessert. That's ok because we had them to enjoy again the next day. Our server was wonderful & very personable. We can't wait to return to The Chew Chew..perhaps for lunch so we can explore the historical downtown of Riverside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    pegster1
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We've been going to the Chew Chew for years. The food and the service is ALWAYS outstanding. This was our farewell dinner with them because we are moving out of Riverside and we had to say goodbye to Scott the owner and our one favorite waitress.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    MaryMac
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food & service was excellent. I would definitely return & recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!!!
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The owner, Scott, runs a reliable gem in the National Landmark Village of Riverside.Food is always excellent whither it is a corned beef sandwich or a four course dinner. Nice wine selection and great local beers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Bye dinner
    Francophile
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Three of us took a co-worker who is relocating to Florida for a great opportunity for a celebratory and good bye dinner. I was the only one who had been to the Chew Chew before. They all loved it and were telling others at work about it the next day. We all ordered drinks (frozen strawberry daiquiri, sangria, 2 glasses of wine) and snacks of edamame and brussel sprouts. Also, the warm bread and spreadable herbed butter were both tasty. We ate it all. I ordered the pasta special while everyone else ordered off the menu. I can't remember exactly what everyone ordered because we were talking. After dinner, I ordered the mini hot fudge sundae while everyone else ordered coffee. Great atmosphere & food but a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and not so good
    Grouponnightout
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My skirt was wonderful and the Cosmo and oysters, my husband liked his salad but his Wild Bore and spare ribs was not what he expected as pasta in a bowl. My sister had chicken and her husband had the special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THANKS SCOTT
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were quite LATE for our reservations and found the door was lock. Yet the Owner, Scott, saw us, specially openned for us and personally served us as we finished a relaxed VERY LATE lunch. The food was VERY GOOD and the service was EXCELLENT. Few places would places or owners would take such care of tarty clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual
    fiddlefan
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We have been going to the Chew Chew for years and have never had a disappointing meal. The hardest thing to do is to decide what to select from the menu as everything sounds delicious and, no matter what you choose, it is! The service is always great. Our server was very knowledgeable and responsive. Prices are reasonable in light of the quality of the food offered. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we love the chew chew
    maoon
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    great food and terrific service. convenient location in Riverside. we've never been disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT PLACE IN HISTORIC RIVERSIDE
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    As usual Chew Chew hits the mark with good food at all levels. Open again for lunch Scott Zimmer continues to serve the needs of his guests whither they want a great sandwich or an upscale three course dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chew Hoo!
    HellonWheels
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    As always, to be greeted by the pleasant and always friendly accommodating owner. Scott Zimmer, at the door is always a plus. A crisp glass of Reisling and this eclectic menu pleases the palate. Even ran into friends who decided, much to our surprise, to select the same culinary treat for dinner. I chose the fresh perch fish and chips and it was a delight, as usual. I love the old-fashioned train dining car art. That's all that's missing is the occasional choo-choo in the background!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem always great
    Locals
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Never disappointed and always look forward to eating at the Chew Chew. At the top of our favorite restaurants and the bonus is that it is right in the neighborhood with ease of parking. Staff is always attentive and friendly. Upscale food and creative drinks in a casual relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Chew Chew
    JenP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We go to Chew Chew for every birthday celebration in our family. We always have a great meal and the kids love the fancy occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We we're put upstairs where a party
    Newchew
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We faced a wall and the party was loud no atmosphere. My chop was delicious but my friends scallops were fishy and only warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious surprise in Riverside
    DeliciousDave
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Flatbread was delicious, seafood medley pasta was delicious, all was delicious. Parking no problem. Will definitely go back. Drinks, appetizer, and main courses for two was about $70, tip included.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big city restaurant in tiny village
    casualdiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Chew Chew in Riverside has the feel of a downtown restaurant but is set off the tracks in a small village. Foodies will adore this place because of the somewhat eclectic menu. It's a great neighborhood place where many of the locals come regularly to dine. This place is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riverside Gem.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Loved the old Chew Chew, but the new place is quite a delight. Very popular in the western suburbs. Who wants to travel downtown, pay huge parking fees and then fight traffic to get home. Food is a delight, with a variety to choose from. There are always Specials to try. Go today, you won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great, dining.
    HappyEater
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We came for dinner. We found the trio appetizer to be a bit bland. The cesear salad was excellent, as were the shrimp tacos and pork chop. The key lime pie was way too sweet and not much lime flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to eat
    Laurie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had dinner there with an out of town friend. We spent a lot of time chatting...so when we went to order our Entree..the trout was no longer available. we were sad because we had it before and it was so good. But we had the fish and chips and they were just as good. Our waiter was perfect. attentive but not hovering. and very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chew Chew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I hate to be unkind, but our dinner at Chew Chew was one of the worst we had in a ling time. My husband's pork shops were so sweet he couldn't eat them. The sauce on my steak was bitter. I guess we just don't like the way they prepare their food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 404 reviews are from the The Chew Chew reviews archive.